George Takei Biography

Birthday: 1937-04-20
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California USA
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Although primarily known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the television series "Star Trek" (1966) and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films, live theater and radio. He also is a successful writer and community activist. His first-hand knowledge of the unjust internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in World War II, poignantly chronicled in his autobiography, created a lifelong interest in politics and community affairs. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, George and his family were relocated from Los Angeles to the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas, and later, as the war was ending they were moved to a camp at Tule Lake in Northern California. After graduating from Los Angeles High School in 1956, George studied architecture at UC Berkeley. An ad in a Japanese community paper led to a summer job on the MGM lot dubbing eight characters from Japanese into English for Rodan (1956) (aka "Rodan"). With the acting bug kindled in him, he transferred to UCLA as a theater arts major. Contacting an agent he had met at MGM led to Takei's appearance as an embittered soldier in postwar Japan in the "Playhouse 90" (1956) production "Made in Japan" even before starting classes at UCLA. Being spotted in a UCLA theater production by a Warner Bros. casting director led to George's feature film debut in Ice Palace (1960), various roles in "Hawaiian Eye" (1959) and other feature work. In June 1960, he completed his degree at UCLA and studied that summer at the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-Upon-Avon in England. After starting a Master's degree program at UCLA, George was cast in the socially relevant stage musical production, "Fly Blackbird!" but was replaced when the show moved to New York. He took odd jobs until returning to his role at the end of the run. Getting little work in Manhattan, George returned to Los Angeles to continue his studies at UCLA, once again appearing in television series and feature films. He earned his Master's degree in 1964. Wanting a multi-racial crew, Gene Roddenberry cast him in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the second "Star Trek" (1966) pilot. Mr. Sulu remained as a regular character when the series went into production. In the hiatus after the end of shooting the first season, he worked on The Green Berets (1968), playing a South Vietnamese Special Forces officer. After "Star Trek" (1966) was cancelled, Takei did guest stints in several television series, voiced Sulu for the animated Star Trek series and regularly appeared at Star Trek conventions. He also produced and hosted a public affairs show, "Expression East/West" aired in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1973. In 1973, he ran for the Los Angeles City Council. Although he lost by a small margin, Mayor Tom Bradley appointed him to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, where he served until 1984 and contributed to plans for the subway. During this period, he co-wrote a sci-fi novel, "Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe". He campaigned to get more respect for his character in the Star Trek features, resulting in Sulu finally obtaining the rank of captain in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), a role reprised in the "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) episode "Flashback". George has run several marathons and was in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Torch Relay. He gained a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in 1986 and left his signature and hand print in cement at the Chinese Theater in 1991. His 1994 autobiography, "To the Stars", was well-received by more than just Star Trek fans. He remains active as a stage, television and film actor and as an advocate for the interests of Japanese-Americans.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Star Trek Sulu 1966 - 1969 Adventure
Star Trek: The Animated Series Sulu / ... 1974 Drama
Lightning Force General Seng 1991 Action
How William Shatner Changed the World 2005 Documentary
Secret Talents of the Stars 2008 Reality Tv
Jersey Shore After Hours Sulu 2011
Kinderfluisteraar, De Sulu 2011
Combat Cash Sulu 2011 Reality Tv
Supah Ninjas Grandfather 2011 Comedy
Inside Men Sulu 2012 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Hell to Eternity 1960 Romance
The Green Berets 1968 Action, Drama
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Sulu 1979 0, Game Show, Sport
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Sulu 1984 Game Show, Sport
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Sulu 1986 0, Sport, 0
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Sulu 1989 Sport, 0, Game Show
Return from the River Kwai Lieutenant Tanaka 1989 Drama
Prisoners of the Sun Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi 1990 Drama
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Sulu 1991 Action, Mystery, Sci Fi
Live by the Fist Uncle Coronado 1993 Action, Crime, Drama
Jeungbal Han Seoung Tae 1994
Oblivion Doc Valentine 1994 Adventure
Oblivion 2: Backlash Doc Valentine 1996
The Best Bad Thing 1997
The Magic Pearl Ha Ping 1997 Animation
Mulan First Ancestor 1998 Drama, 0
Noon Blue Apples Radio Free World 2002 Thriller
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis 2003 Drama, History
The Eavesdropper Dr. Hsieh 2004 Drama, Thriller
Mulan II First Ancestor 2005 Animation, Comedy, Family
A.I. Assault 2007 Action, Sci Fi
Ninja Cheerleaders 2008 Action, Comedy
Star Trek Sulu 2009 Sport, 0
Space Milkshake Gary 2013 Comedy
Free Birds S.T.E.V.E. 2013 Animation, Comedy
Eat with Me George 2014 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Red Tails II: Lightning Strikes Twice Big Boss 2016 Action
Yamasong: March of the Hollows Elder Masook 2017 Drama